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Israel readying for ISIS attack in 2016?

Report cites Israeli sources saying ISIS may start focusing on attacking Israel, given pressure being placed on it in Syria and Iraq.

By Hillel Fendel


The Israeli intelligence community assesses that Israel is likely to be targeted by the Islamic State (ISIS) in 2016, Middle East Newsline (MENL) reports.

This, despite a report last month by Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) noting that the Palestinian cause is not a major issue for ISIS.

MENL quotes Israeli sources saying that the successful Russian air offensive against ISIS in Syria has sparked an exodus by the terrorists that could lead to attacks against neighboring Israel. Attacks could also come from Egypt.

“We have been very fortunate until now,” a source said, “but it looks like ISIS is preparing to find other venues, and the most logical one is here.” Recorded ISIS threats against the West have included Israel at times.

Just last week, an Israeli court indicted five Israeli-Arabs, ages 19 to 27, on charges of establishing an ISIS cell. Nearly a year ago, a ring of seven ISIS conspirators from the Galilee was uncovered, led by 40-year-old Nazareth attorney Adnan Ala a-Din, a graduate of Hebrew University Law School. Support for ISIS has also grown among the Bedouin sector.

On the other hand, the MEMRI report, while mentioning ISIS’s “Slaughter the Jews” social media and video campaign, stresses that the terror organization “sees conquering Baghdad, Damascus, Cairo, and Mecca as taking precedence over liberating Jerusalem.” MEMRI notes that “unlike many Arab and Islamic movements


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